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21    Law and Justice—Child Safety

The Leader of the Glenn Lazarus Team (Senator Lazarus), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1105—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   the Daniel Morcombe Foundation was established as a lasting legacy to Daniel by parents Bruce and Denise Morcombe in 2005 after their son Daniel was abducted and murdered in December 2003 while waiting to catch a bus on the Sunshine Coast, and

                 (ii)   the foundation has two main aims: to educate children on how to stay safe in a physical and online environment, and to support young victims of crime;

    (b)   recognises the important work of the foundation in:

                  (i)   assisting educators and parents in the education of children about their personal safety, by funding the development of child safety educational resources,

                 (ii)   assisting young victims of crime through financial support in addition to that provided by Government agencies, and

                (iii)   empowering all Australians to make their own local communities safer places for children;

     (c)   congratulates Denise and Bruce Morcombe on their selfless and tireless work to protect children from harm and recognise their call for the establishment of a national ‘Sex Offender and Child Homicide Offender Public Website’, known as Daniel’s Law, which would list ‘the worst of the worst’ child sex offenders, including those convicted of killing a child; and

    (d)   calls on the Federal Government to establish a working group comprising state and territory government representatives, law enforcement, child safety advocates and other relevant professionals to consider and develop solutions to issues affecting children’s safety, including for example the possible viability of the establishment of such a register.

Statements by leave : The Minister for Vocational Education and Skills (Senator Ryan) and Senator Moore, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put and negatived.




After 12.45 pm—